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How to Describe Pain

Medical profession attempts to specify degrees

(HealthDayNews) -- When you're in pain, how do you describe it?

It's not easy to find words to make somebody else understand your feelings. So, according to the Journal of Advances in Nursing, there's a project underway to develop standardized descriptive terms to communicate not only different types of pain, but also the degree of pain as well.

To describe the types of pain, researchers came up with these choices: crushing, sharp, tearing, cutting, penetrating, gnawing, dull, pulling, sore, stinging, pricking and pinching.

For severity, you can choose one from this list: dreadful, torturing, killing, unbearable, terrifying, suffocating, exhausting, unhappy, troublesome, annoying, irritating and fearful.

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